Annabelle & Penelope: A South Florida Motherhood Session

When I decided to start offering Motherhood sessions it was perhaps the weirdest ask I’d ever put out into the social media world. I wanted Mom's who were brave enough to hop in the tub with their kids! It feels like an awkward and very large request to ask mothers to participate in such an intimate session with their children. But this is where I wanted to start. I had an idea in my head of what it could be. And it was.

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After working through my first session… I found that, much like with my first families I found willing to give Documentary Family photography a try, it really wasn’t as awkward as it sounds. The only awkward moment came when Grandma showed up and was very confused (understandably) by the fact that we were having a photo session in the bathroom. 

Mom and Toddler in bathtub during a sweet motherhood moment

I truly couldn't explain the magic of these sessions without showing someone the images. After Annabelle hopped in the tub with Penny it was very much just about their bond and the fun of playing with Mermaids and pouring water on top of Mom’s head. Because how often is that allowed? How often do you get Mom in the tub WITH you for your daily bath? 

Daughter smiles at mother in bathtub during intimate South Florida Motherhood photo session

It was a really great opportunity to capture some very sweet moments that won’t be possible as Penelope grows older. Freeze frame on the memory of mom braiding her hair with capable and loving hands. The laughter as the water runs down her face. Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles. 

Little girl pours water on mom's head in the bath 
Daughter pours cup of water on mom's head in the bath
Toddler smiles and touches mom's face in the bathtub during a South Florida motherhood session
Little girl sticks her tongue out in a documentary portrait 
Mother laughs at daughter in bathtub during family documentary photo session
Little girl sticks out tongue to swallow water as mom rinses her hair in the bath

"i struggle so deeply
to understand
how someone can pour
their entire soul
blood and energy
into someone
without wanting
anything in
return"

i will have to wait till i'm a mother - rupi kaur

Interested in a Motherhood session? Please see my session offerings. (Psst. the session doesn't HAVE to be in the bathtub. Although... it's certainly beautiful if it is.)